Summer Struggles

Guess summer really doesn’t start for another week, but I call it summer when school gets out. Shoot, with the high temperatures lately, maybe they should move summer up to May.

fire wallpaper

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The middle son had to go to summer school for failing a class the first semester. I have been taxi driver for him. He did get motivated to do most of the work at home so he could test out and be done with it. He did pass. Not a high-grade but he did pass.

I was conflicted with the class being online and only a mentor in the room. To me, shouldn’t a teacher be teaching since obviously the student didn’t understand the class to begin with? We also had to pay for said class, which now I am sure it was the online fee.

When I was in school many moons ago, if you failed, it was added to your schedule the next semester. I didn’t fail, but I heard a kid talking about having three English classes once. Crazy.

After talking to another parent, this math teacher failed 22 students in this class. Hmmm. I think maybe the school should be looking at this teacher. She doesn’t seem to be able to teach. My middle son said he couldn’t follow her at all. When he started the online class, he mentioned that it was nothing what she taught. Weird. I found out after the fact, that she didn’t even grade his final because he was already failing. Wow. That does not sound like a teacher that wants kids to succeed to me. I sure hope he doesn’t get her again.

This is also my kid that isn’t into school so it is a struggle, than to have a teacher that doesn’t care adds fuel to the problem. 😦

He is also an introvert, so he doesn’t speak up. Another struggle.

On a better note, he took a welding class and loved it. He is looking into going to welding school after graduating in two years. Made me happy. Trade jobs are good ones and pay well.  🙂  And then he also says after that school, he may join the Army. Sad face.

I have two in the military, not sure about another. But, I will support him with whatever he chooses.

The youngest son wanted a job this summer, but found out you have to be older for most of them. Plus, I told him to wait until next summer when he can drive himself there. Schedules tend to overlap for this taxi driver. 🙂 Sure wish I got paid for that. LOL

How’s your summer been going?

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Never Ending Learning

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I have begun another online learning class. It is through Edx.org. The class is A Global History of Architecture.

Now, why would I take that?

Since grade school when my art teacher had us draw a house I became fascinated with houses. I knew I wanted to be an architect. Like any other kid I also wanted to be a writer, artist, and archeologist. LOL  🙂

But my main passion has always been houses.

In High School, I took drafting and enjoyed it a lot. I designed a mansion with a hot tub that had a waterfall to it which recycled the water. A sink in every bedroom and more windows than a skyscraper! I won a blue ribbon at the Industrial Arts Fair! 🙂

Then college happened.

I did not get to go where I wanted to go because my family didn’t like it. Too far, too expensive, etc. etc.

I still believe it would have been the better route.

But, hey, what does a teenager know?

My first choice was the Art Institute in Denver. We visited it and I loved it. My thought was to do the degree in art, find a job where an Architect program was and work my way through school. I’d be doing something I enjoy while achieving my dream. But, no, family vetoed it.

Instead they convinced me to go somewhere a current family member was going. There was a pre-architect program plus interior design degree. I was ok with it but there was a bit of me that was sad. It wasn’t my choice.

Many times I did try to change schools but obstacles got in the way. I did about three years but not always good grades. I did meet lots of great friends and had fun, so not all was lost.

Sometimes the mind wonders if the effects of the choice of school didn’t create my lack of finishing certain things. I wonder.

Life directed me back to my hometown. No college there, too small, but there were outreach classes and a two-year college was 40 miles away.

I went back to getting that art degree in Graphic Design plus business classes. I took my time. Good grades were the result.  I finished the degree after meeting my soul mate. He was a big supporter and that’s what I needed. He has always encouraged me. I got my Associates Degree of Art in 2004. All four of our kids plus my grandma got to be at the graduation. 🙂

Then I got the bright idea to apply to the Art Institute online program. I did good but I felt my art was not up to par. Most in the class were already people in the field and their art was superb! Got me down. I dropped out, plus it was expensive.

Now, that I have debt in student loans, I have learned to take the “free courses”. 🙂 Don’t earn a degree but it makes me happy learning. 🙂

This Edx.org class is free but you can earn a certificate which is 49.00. Pondering that one.

I may be one of those 80 yr olds who appear in the news for completing her degree but yet too old to be hired. LOL

Meanwhile, I will enjoy the learning and keep my brain active. My grandma had dementia. I really don’t want it. Miss her.

Who knows, may pick up some research for a new book or story!

Cheers to learning! Never to young or old! 🙂

Flower Explosion

I decided to learn more about my Illustrator program so I signed up for Skillshare. I love the mini classes.

What would we do without videos these days?

The first class I took was Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs by Jon Burgerman.

 

First the teacher had us draw doodles. The first one was doodle with your eyes closed!

Doodle 1 Close Eyes (492x640) Looks like a two-year old scribbling, but it was fun. 🙂

Second one we had to doodle what we know.

Doodle 2 Draw what you know (490x640) I have always liked drawing flowers. I mostly drew it without picking up my marker.

The third thing he had us turn the page as we drew and not pick up the marker.

Doodle 3 Turn page do not lift pen (490x640)

The final drawing was a new piece of paper and trace things from all three doodles that we wanted in our new drawing.

Doodle 1 (492x640) My end result!

We scanned it into Photoshop to clean up the lines and the background. A new skill that I knew was possible but was not sure how to go about it. Once it was cleaned up we opened it into Illustrator and he walked us through the Live Trace and the Live Paint option. I had fiddled with those two things but could never get them to work right.

Happy camper to know how to do them now. 🙂

Here is the cleaned up version of lines.

Fixed Lines Doodle 1 (492x640) It makes a difference with the background if you look at the one above.

My colorful explosion.

Colors-Doodle-2 - Copy (491x640)

I have a saved file for the basic line drawing so I can go in and do different color combinations. I am definitely going to work on more doodles so I can get more of a picture out of it than this one was.

The neat thing is you can have this put on different items like T-shirts, mugs, etc. I do have a Zazzle shop (click on Zazzle and it will take you there) that has a couple of my images from a long time ago. I hope to get more designs on there as I get better at creating.

I find doing projects like this gets my creative mode going and it is a nice break from writing and editing. 🙂

Plus, makes for great household decorations! 🙂

 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!